American Ancestors New England Historic Genealogical Society - Founded 1845 N.E. Historic Genealogical Society Seal View Your Shopping Cart Join NEHGS
Go

Ask a Genealogist

RSS Feed

Ask a Genealogist: What is a P.R. in Mass. Vital Records?

 Permanent link
 

Question:

I was curious if you could explain what "P.R." stands for? I have seen this in the published Massachusetts Vital Records that I have copied.

Answer:

The abbreviation for a "P.R." stands for a "Private Record".  A private record is a manuscript or typescript which contains events relating to a birth, marriage or death. These private records do not relate to the records of the town or church.  They are often in the private ownership of local citizens.
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99 - 101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA
888-296-3447

© 2010 - 2014 New England Historic Genealogical Society